Robert Joe Fithian passed away Saturday, Aug. 4 in Mariposa.
Bob was born to Lorene Beatrice Fithian (Lincoln) and Thomas Hayes Fithian in Champaign, Ill. Atwater High School is Robert’s alma mater where he played trumpet in the band and developed a lifelong love of music.
Like so many young men of the time, life’s plans changed direction when the Vietnam War called Bob to serve. He did so faithfully in the U.S. Army, being honorably discharged in 1968 and awarded the National Defense Service Metal, Vietnam Service Metal, Vietnam Campaign Metal and overseas bars.
Returning stateside, Bob lived and worked in Yosemite National Park and eventually settled in Mariposa, working in all things handy as a carpenter and mechanic. Bob earned an A.A. Degree at Merced College where he studied under such illustrious instructors as “Professor Turner.”
Robert loved to help people and was known for his generosity. If a friend ever needed help, they knew they could call on Bob. A member of Mariposa VFW Post 6042, Bob served in the post’s Honor Guard and was dedicated to helping other veterans in their post-war trials of life.
Humor was central to Bob’s life. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. A witty quip with a side of “gotcha” being his favorite form.
Robert loved his children and was proud of all their accomplishments, particularly the birth of his three granddaughters who each provided a new twinkle to his eye.
Bob is survived by his son, (Warren) Bruce Fithian; daughter, Bridget Marie Fithian and son-in-law, Ben Goger; grandchildren, Carmody Rose Goger, Prairie Goger and Gracelynn Fithian; dear friend and mother of his children, Patricia Ann Fithian; nephews, Dave Fithian, Dennis Fithian, Michael Veldstra, Matthew Veldstra; Polly Jo Fithian and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Danny Fithian and Bill Fithian.
Robert Joe Fithian’s memory is loved and cherished. May his spirit of humor and empathy live on in others.
Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Mariposa Cemetery. All are invited to join.